Three of the nation’s Founding Fathers died on July 4.
All three were former presidents.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day in 1826. James Monroe died on this day a few years later.
John Adams wrote:
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“T]he tax which will be paid for this purpose [education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”
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